Classic angel food cake is naturally casein free and can be a delicious gluten-free cake too. If you remember cardboard, spongey, store-bought angel food cake, this is nothing like that. Homemade angel food cake is moist, tender and definitely worth trying! When strawberries are not in season, try lemon curd, chocolate whipped cream with chocolate shavings, or an almond glaze.
If you are still fearful of making your first gluten-free angel food cake, never fear! I wrote a guest post full of step-by-step photos, How to Bake a Gluten Free Angel Food Cake, for Gluten Free Cooking School.
ANGEL FOOD CAKE
1 cup gluten free flour ( I used 1/4 cup millet flour, 1/4 cup tapioca flour, 1/4 cup white rice flour and 1/4 cup sweet rice flour to achieve a fluffy, light texture)
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
12 egg whites, room temperature (to maximize volume of egg whites)
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Separate egg whites in a stainless steel bowl and let them come to room temperature. In a separate medium bowl, sift gluten free flour, salt, xanthan gum, and 3/4 cup of sugar. Beat the egg whites until foamy. Add the cream of tartar. Beat until the egg whites form soft peaks. Beat in the other reserved 3/4 cup of sugar about 3 Tablespoons at a time. Beat until stiff peaks form. Slowly fold in flour mixture about 1/4 cup at a time. Once the flour mixture is combined, fold in the vanilla. Slowly pour the batter into a tube pan (preferably one where the inside lifts out) and spread the batter evenly. Run a knife through the cake to eliminate any air bubbles. Bake for 50-55 minutes until top is golden and sides begin to pull away. Cool for 10 minutes. Run the edges of a knife along the pan and pull out the insert to the tube pan. Run a knife along the bottom of the insert and invert onto a cake plate. Serve with topping of choice!
Angel Food Cake is a great make ahead recipe.
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